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Savior, Again to Your Dear Name We Raise

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

To leave the security of worship and enter the world for service requires firm confidence in the faithful promises of God to be with us, to care for us and bless us. Our deepest assurance comes from the comfort we have that “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 1). Because I belong to him, “he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world. God is able to do this because he is almighty God and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9, Question and Answer 26). We have the assurance that “our Lord speaks to us now through the inspired Scriptures. Christ is with us day by day” (Our Song of Hope, Stanza 1). How rich it is to carry such assurance of his blessing with us as we leave the service of worship!

Additional Prayers

 
3 God of all times and places,
as we leave this place of worship,
help us to know that there is no place we might go
that will separate us from you.
With this sure knowledge,
give us Spirit-inspired courage and imagination
to discern faithful ways of responding
to every person we will meet this week
and to every situation we will encounter.
May our Lenten vows of faithfulness
lead us to joyful obedience all week long. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Tune Information

Name
ELLERS
Key
G Major or modal
Meter
10.10.10.10

Hymn Story/Background

John Ellerton wrote this hymn in 1866 as a concluding hymn for the festival of the Malpas, Middlewich, and Nantwich Choral Association. Ellerton revised the text and reduced it from six to four stanzas for the Appendix to the original edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1868).
 
The text is a prayer for peace: peace at the conclusion of worship (st. 1), when homeward bound (st. 2), during the night (st. 3), and throughout our lives (st. 4).
 
This hymn differs from Ellerton's other evening hymn, 'The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended" in that its focus is peace rather than missions.
 
Composed by Edward J. Hopkins as a unison melody with varied organ accompaniments, ELLERS has been traditionally associated with this text. The tune was published in 1869 in Brown-Borthwick's The Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book. The harmony, slightly revised, is from Hopkin's four-part arrangement for singers, taken from his first stanza organ part. It was published in the Appendix to the Bradford Tune Book (1872).
 
The tune has a wave motion, rising to its climax at midpoint and then descending to end on a D. Since the hymn is a prayer, use clear but light organ registration.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884).
— Bert Polman

Composer Information

Edward J. Hopkins (b. Westminster, London, England, 1818; d. St. Pancras, London, 1901) began his musical career as a chorister at the Chapel Royal and at St. Paul's Cathedral while also developing his skill at the organ. At the age of sixteen he received his first organist position—at the Mitcham Church in Surrey. In 1843 he was appointed organist and choirmaster at the Temple Church, London, where he remained for fifty-five years. During that time the men and boys choir achieved great fame for its out¬standing services. Also active in other musical areas, Hopkins founded (with others) the Royal College of Organists, founded and edited the periodical The Organist and Choirmaster, and with E. F. Rimbault coauthored a standard text, The Organ: Its History and Construction (1855). He composed a large number of anthems, liturgical music, and hymn tunes. Some of his tunes were published in the Cathedral Psalter (1855) and The Temple Choral Service Book (1867). Hopkins also served as music editor for various hymnals produced in England, Scotland, and Canada
— Bert Polman
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